The new, eight-level course that teaches business English and business skills

Business Partner gives students the practical training they need to bridge the gap between the classroom and the world of work. It helps learners to make measurable progress in learning English while helping to make them more employable.

Business Partner does not assume any knowledge of the workplace, and is designed for students with no work experience. It also provides many suggestions and alternative ways to use the material for those students already in work.

Each level is written to a syllabus based on the Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for Professional English to help learners evaluate their progress.

I love the Business Partner B2 level. It’s just cut out for online and on-demand courses. The authenticity of the videos and e-mails are brilliant, up-to-date, state-of-the art, deep learning, thought provoking materials. We can get lots of work done because of the supplementary materials online! It’s just excellent for 3rd and 4th year students who are going to start working in real life. Even if there are C1s in the class, it is easy to make the tasks challenging by supplementing it with authentic problem solving tasks.

Why Business Partner?

Real life business content

  • Authentic video content introduces unit topics, exposing students to real English and the sorts of issues they may encounter in their careers.
  • Financial Times articles provide reading practice to build on the topics discussed in the videos, further exposing students to authentic English.
  • Students work on case studies that allow them to practice their business and communication skills in realistic professional contexts.

B1+ Unit 6 Business Workshop video

Building communicative and business skills

  • The course builds two sets of skills – communication and practical business skills – which students practice together in the business workshop case studies.
  • Practical skills training includes negotiating, presenting, building relationships and small talk.
  • An innovative video-based training programme helps build the communication skills, including supporting teamwork, listening actively, collaborating, solving problems, and influencing.

Building language skills

  • Students acquire functional language and practice all the skills, including writing, grammar and pronunciation.
  • The task-based approach incorporates presentation and practice, with a lot of communicative pair and group tasks and projects.
  • There are multiple opportunities for writing practice across all the lessons, with a full writing lesson in each unit.

B1+ Unit 6 Communication Skills Set up video

Authentic videos

The authentic video content features real-life business stories, providing information and key language relating to business topics.

The dramatised videos of real work situations feature a range of accents and demonstrate dealing with professional challenges to help students develop communication skills, such as influencing and listening actively.

Flexibility for teachers and learners

  • The course allows teachers to pick and choose their lessons to suit their students. While units are linked by theme, each lesson stands alone and can be taught independently.
  • Additional resources, such as the Reading Bank, Writing Bank and Functional Language Bank, provide extra support for students, while teachers can use a range of extra activities to extend and add variety to a class.
  • Business Partner is a blended course where the coursebook works as a standalone component with signposts to a range of supplementary digital materials.

Components & ISBNs

A1 A2 A2+ B1 Price
Coursebook with digital resources 9781292233512 9781292233529 9781292233536 9781292233543 Price
Coursebook with MyEnglishLab 9781292248615 9781292248608 9781292248592 9781292248578 Price
Workbook 9781292190846 9781292190938 9781292191027 9781292191119 Price
Teacher’s Book 9781292237152 9781292237169 9781292237176 9781292237183 Price
Presentation tool on the Portal Access Card 9781292328034 9781292328041 9781292328058 9781292328065 Price
B1+ B2 B2+ C1 Price
Coursebook with digital resources 9781292233550 9781292233567 9781292233574 9781292233581 Price
Coursebook with MyEnglishLab 9781292248561 9781292248585 9781292249001 9781292248622 Price
Workbook 9781292191201 9781292191294 9781292191386 9781292191478 Price
Teacher’s Book 9781292237190 9781292237206 9781292237213 9781292237220 Price
Presentation tool on the Portal Access Card 9781292328072 9781292328089 9781292328096 9781292328102 Price

Course components

Coursebook with Digital Resources

Coursebook includes:

  • Eight units with five lessons each
  • Eight case study business workshop lessons relating to each of the eight units
  • A review each unit revises key language and grammar
  • Coursebook video and audio material is available online in the Digital Resources

Coursebook with MyEnglishLab

Coursebook with Digital Resources+MyEnglishLab.

  • Interactive self-study Workbook with automatic feedback and gradebook
  • Access to the Digital Resources


Additional self-study practice activities (based on the structure of the Coursebook), including:

  • Vocabulary, grammar, functional language, reading, listening and writing
  • Additional self-study pronunciation practice activities
  • Answer key
  • Audio scripts
  • Workbook audio material is available in the Digital Resources

Teacher’s Book with MyEnglishLab

Teachers Book includes:

  • Teaching Lesson Notes
  • Business Brief for every unit with information on the unit topic and explanations of key terminology
  • Photocopiable activities
  • Reading Bank—an extended reading text for every unit with comprehension activities
  • Writing Bank—models of different types of business writing with useful phrases
  • Functional Language Bank—useful phrases for different business situations, e.g. meetings, interviews
  • Video and audio scripts
  • Answer keys

ActiveTeach (Interactive Whiteboard software)

  • Coursebook video clips and scripts
  • Audio recordings and scripts
  • Extra Coursebook activities (pdfs)
  • Full content of the Teacher’s Resource Book (pdfs)
  • Workbook resources
    • Full content of the Workbook activities (pdfs)
    • Audio recordings and scripts
    • Answer keys
  • Tests
    • Unit tests (PDFs and Word)
    • Test audio recordings and scripts
    • Test answer keys

Digital Components

Digital Resources (available on the MyEnglishLab platform)

  • Coursebook video clips and scripts
  • Coursebook audio recordings and scripts
  • Workbook audio recordings and scripts
  • Extra Coursebook activities (pdfs)
  • Lesson 3 extra interactive video activities
  • Lesson 5 interactive grammar presentation and practice
  • Reading bank
  • Writing bank
  • Functional language bank
  • My Self-Assessment for students to record their progress


  • Interactive self-study Workbook with automatic feedback and gradebook
  • Access to the digital resources (see left)


Please watch this series of webinars by authors Iwonna Dubicka, Margaret O’Keeffe and Marjorie Rosenberg as they explore Business Partner and the nature of employability in today’s world, and the need for improving soft skills alongside learners’ English language skills.

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